If your kids are anything like mine, they adore being outside. And being a creative soul, I'm always searching for ways to merge our creative journey with spending time outdoors. So on a recent trip to the park, we played a little Post-it art game with mixed results.
I tucked the kids in the stroller and handed my older daughter a stack of notes and a marker. I then gave her a challenge (and given her independent nature, was moderately shocked that she complied) to draw whatever she imagined and we would attach it to public poles/benches/newspaper stands along the walk. The idea would be to inspire our neighbors to look more closely at the parts of their world that are less than interesting. She thought this was a lot of fun and got right to work.
As she finished a drawing, she'd hop out of the stroller and find something to stick it to. The post-its weren't tacky enough to adhere on their own, so I brought along some heavy-duty sticky glue dots to help us out. Sticky tape or a stapler could also work for certain surfaces.
Before we reached the park, we placed about seven notes, and we promised to retrace our steps on the way home to see how our public art gallery was doing.
And this is where the project took a surprising turn:
One of the Post-Its was gone!
My daughter was distraught, and it soon became clear that she imagined they'd hold their little piece of public real estate forever. She wanted to know who took the note and why. I explained that it could have flown away or maybe someone liked the piece so much that they wanted it for their own.
But none of this consoled her so we carefully counted and collected all of our yellow treasures and re-posted them in the security of our own home.
A project like this raises questions about littering versus beautifying. We talked about the lost cat posters that we came across and wondered if the owner would ever come back to collect the signs. So collecting our bits and pieces made us feel better about keeping our neighborhood clean.
I love coming across little pieces of inspiration like this, and I have a feeling that we'll make art like this again as my kids get older (and maybe less attached to their work). Not only could this be a good way to explore ephemeral art, public art, and interactive art, but it also shows children that art can exist beyond the confines of a classroom, art table, or museum. How do you think your kids would feel about making and posting public Post-It art?